de5a7ca3f3bcd01a1c819c4bda62ec34 There was more than a smile, in THIS box! ourhouseofjoyfulnoise.com

The other day, I got the surprise-of-my-life.  The kind that left me in a daze for the rest of the day.  And into the next day.  OK, seriously……I’m still kind of in a daze about it.  I don’t even know where to start with this little story.  I feel speechless, and yet, you and I both know this post will probably end up ridiculously long, once the words start flowing.

<Deep breathe.>  So, many of you know I had a birthday last Sunday.  My birthday to me is really no big deal, and never has been.  But my family always makes me feel special, and we always spend any of our birthdays together all day, doing… (READ MORE......) | 16 Comments

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Taco Soup

Posted by Laura on Thursday Dec 11, 2008 Under Soups, Vittles

109baa45e4508a1ba01117bae665f31e Taco Soup ourhouseofjoyfulnoise.com

Here’s a soup recipe that’ll be sure to warm your chilled bones.  If you love tacos, you’ll love this taco soup! I do love tacos, and I also love soup. Good soups – which are usually home made of course. I also LOVE Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup (and so do our kids). I had some today as a matter of fact. It was just the pick-me-up I needed in between the stores of a little Christmas shopping.  Ate it in a quiet van.  It was the weirdest experience! lol

Now I didn’t invent this Taco Soup recipe, but I did revise it a bit to make it…well, better!  No one needs as many beans… (READ MORE......) | 1 Comment

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Better than “Mmmm Mmmm Good”!

Posted by Laura on Thursday May 1, 2008 Under Soups, Vittles

6e22412c1049594075e1cb23f4c5fcc2 Better than Mmmm Mmmm Good! ourhouseofjoyfulnoise.com

Yesterday morning, with several tasks on the day’s agenda ahead of me, I decided I was going to make that soup one way or another! Michael had to be out on a morning job, so to manage schooling the little ones and make my soup, the kids took all of their school work and moved to the breakfast bar from the school room.  It was the perfect set up for us to still be able to work together, communicate and multi-task. So they got to work in their books, taking turns reading the concepts and directions, etc, and I got to chopping! : )

Of course, they were on the distracted side, wanting to watch what I was doing… (READ MORE......) | 4 Comments

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